Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Government intends to put the infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months. A National Identification System (NIDS) is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. The National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaicans, was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) after 12 hours of deliberations. Story Highlights The National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaicans, was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) after 12 hours of deliberations.The legislation was passed with 168 amendments and will return to the House of Representatives today (November 14) for approval.A National Identification System (NIDS) is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Government intends to put the infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months.“The pilot would begin in January 2019, and the national roll-out is intended to commence in September 2019 (and will be undertaken) over a period of three to four years. NIDS is not an event; it is a journey, a transformation of how we do business,” she pointed out.Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Senator Donna Scott-Mottley, urged the Government to ensure that the public education programme that is to be developed will be “designed in such a way, that it will get full participation of the public, who can make their thoughts heard”.She argued that the number of amendments to the Bill, including 100 from the Lower House, is an indication that it should have been put before a joint select committee.Senator Johnson Smith, in response, said, “I believe that it is actually the converse. We have demonstrated that with focus, with energy, and with cooperation, we can make changes in a timely manner.”The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.
Minister Reid was speaking with JIS News at the National Labour Day Project at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, St. Ann, today (May 23), where a wheelchair ramp was installed to accommodate children with physical disabilities. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to ensuring that schools are accessible to all children, including those with disabilities. “We want no child to be left behind. Children are Jamaica’s important resource, and we want to bring them into mainstream so we can develop their full potential,” he added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to ensuring that schools are accessible to all children, including those with disabilities.“We want no child to be left behind. Children are Jamaica’s important resource, and we want to bring them into mainstream so we can develop their full potential,” he added.Minister Reid was speaking with JIS News at the National Labour Day Project at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, St. Ann, today (May 23), where a wheelchair ramp was installed to accommodate children with physical disabilities.The activity kicked off the Government’s ‘Ramps in Schools’ programme aimed at building ramps in 126 institutions across the island by the end of the financial year.Senator Reid said the national project, which is being implemented at a cost of $3.5 million, will send the right signal that the education system is inclusive.“This, we are hoping, will be a model school, an inclusive school, because we have to target all our children, including those who have special needs, those who otherwise are at home and can’t find an education facility to house them,” he explained.In the meanwhile, Principal of the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, Debbie Parson- Morris, expressed her gratitude to the Government for selecting the institution as one of the national projects.“I am extremely happy. Words are not enough to say how I am feeling now. It has (always) been my concern (about) access to children who have disabilities; now I can boast that I will now have ramps for the children who are not able to walk to get to their classrooms,” she said.She noted further that the work will go a far way in ensuring that the school is certified by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).“Inspection is any time now, and with this amount of work being done today, then we are well on our way to be certified,” she said.For her part, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who is also Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, said that the initiative is a welcome one and continuous efforts will be placed in ensuring that all schools are disabled-friendly.“As Minister with responsibility for the disabled community, it is even more important as we seek to make schools accessible to all children. At the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, we have responsibility for the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), which deals with children 0-6 years old who are physically and mentally challenged,” she noted.“So, the importance of having accessible schools for all children is very important…. and we will be working assiduously to make sure that it is a reality,” she said.Participating in the day’s activities were Senator Floyd Morris, and volunteers from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); National Education Trust (NET), which is spearheading the ‘Ramps in Schools’ programme; Social Development Commission (SDC); Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Christian Evangelism Fellowship; Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo); residents of the community; and parents of children of the institution.The day’s activities also included repair of the roof, de-bushing, installation of a perimeter fence, and the painting of the sickbay and administrative areas of the facility.Labour Day 2018 was celebrated under the theme ‘Ramp it up… Fix it up’.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will return to Brazil for its fifth annual Inspiration Gala São Paulo presented by Harry Winston.The gala will again be held at the home of Dinho Diniz, hosted by Naomi Campbell and will feature tributes to Felipe Diniz and Jean Paul Gaultier. Diniz, who will receive the amfAR Inspiration Award, has been vital to the success of amfAR’s Inspiration series in Brazil since its inception. Jean Paul Gaultier, who will receive the amfAR Lifetime Achievement Award, has been an amfAR supporter and a leader in the fight against AIDS for decades.An amfAR Award of Inspiration will also be presented to the one and only Cher, the Academy Award-winning actress, singer, entertainer, humanitarian and longtime LGBT rights advocate.Co-Chairs of the event are Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and designer Ricardo Tisci from Givenchy. Dinho Diniz will serve as Honorary Chair.The event will include cocktails, a gala dinner, a live auction, and a special rare performance by Australian pop superstar, songwriter and actress Kylie Minogue. Revered Brazilian samba singer Alcione will also perform at the event. In previous years, the Inspiration Gala São Paulo has featured performances by artists such as Mary J. Blige, Gilberto Gil, Dita Von Teese, Seu Jorge, Fergie, Bebel Gilberto, Grace Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Debbie Harry, and Preta Gil.The Inspiration Gala São Paulo’s Platinum Sponsors include Iguatemi São Paulo, Karavelle and Moët Hennessy. Sky is a Silver Sponsor. Fasano is a Bronze Sponsor. Microsoft is amfAR’s official technology partner. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. Harry Winston is the official jewelry and timepiece partner of amfAR. Moët Hennessy is the official wine and spirits partner of amfAR.The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $20 million to date.Tickets and tables for the event are still available; click here or email email@example.com for more information.
WASHINGTON — Ohio officials in Congress have met in Washington with General Motors’ chief executive in their bid to keep a northeastern Ohio assembly plant from closing.GM announced last week that it will stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown plant by March and is considering closing the plant for good. It is part of a massive restructuring for the Detroit-based automaker.Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown say they urged GM’s Mary Barra Wednesday to consider bringing other products to Lordstown. Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, whose district includes the plant, also met with Barra.Portman also contacted President Donald Trump and his labour secretary.GM has about 1,500 people left at its Lordstown operation. Barra says the company is focused on relocation and training opportunities for affected workers.The Associated Press
Madrid – Morocco is an example to follow in the Arab world in terms of reform and modernization, Former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Wednesday.“When we see what is happening in the Arab region and the violence scenes, we can confirm that the Kingdom of Morocco is an example to follow to successfully carry out a reform process in a peaceful environment,” former Spanish PM (2004 – 2011) and former leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) told the Moroccan News Agency (MAP), on the sidelines of a reception held Wednesday night by Morocco’s embassy in Madrid, on the occasion of the Throne Day.Zapatero hailed the “very good” ties between Morocco and Spain, expressing his “gratitude and appreciation to the Kingdom and HM King Mohammed VI for their assistance, understanding and cooperation with Spain in thorny issues such as the fight against illegal immigration and terrorism.” He also highlighted the “great” relationship between Moroccan and Spanish Royal Families, adding that this relationship “will be further consolidated” under the reign of King Felipe VI.
The Board of Trustees will meet today to discuss Ohio State’s Athletic Compliance Office.Though the board will delve into a number of different compliance concerns, an evaluation of OSU Boosters will lead the discussion.“Boosters and booster groups are consistently an area of primary concern amongst compliance officers across the country, and Ohio State shares these concerns,” according to a university report.The report cites both the size and abundance of booster groups as reasons for potential risk.Because these groups operate on their own and use only their own resources, policing them can be difficult, according to the university.The compliance department, which concerns itself with the enforcement, monitoring, procedures and education of NCAA and Big Ten rules, listed several consequences that would stem from potential noncompliance. Not the least of which was the possibility of a diminished university reputation that the board said would affect “all aspects of campus life” and “would significantly affect philanthropic giving.”To combat the difficulty of enforcing rules among the widespread booster groups and to avoid potential sanctions, the compliance office is considering models used by other universities with similar concerns.These schools, according to the report, “elected to consolidate their booster groups within the athletic department” to increase the ease of communication between the university and its boosters.The report made mention of two Big Ten institutions, Indiana University and the University of Michigan, which have recently been under NCAA scrutiny for major compliance infractions. Following the infractions “at both institutions, significant financial resources were spent as defended their name and reputation,” according to the report.Following today’s discussions, the compliance office will offer its suggestions to the director of athletics as it deems appropriate.
Current Civil Aviation Authority rules state that drones must be kept within a pilot’s line of sight, not flown above 400 feet and kept away from aircraft and airfields, as well as from animals and livestock.But these rules re being frequently flouted and ignored, with what landowners fear could be fatal consequences.They cite recent examples which have seen animals panicked by drones, including a police horse which died after being spooked while in its paddock.Allan Buckwell, of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said: “Drones have been flown in close proximity to livestock. Animals can be easily frightened by drones, which can cause injury to them and others.”Mr Buckwell, chairman of the CLA’s Kent branch, said current regulations do not go far enough to protect landowners and their animals.The CLA is calling for the Government to work with the CAA and representatives of the drone industry to draw up tougher new regulations and has submitted proposals to the European Aviation Safety Agency. It has yet to receive a response.“It is evident that because drones have only been widely available for a comparatively short time and the growth in the market has been so fast, the law has not kept pace with the changes and current regulations do not go far enough,” said Mr Buckwell.He added: “In the meantime the CLA is urging those operating drones for recreation to use common sense when operating them in order to ensure both public safety and privacy at all times.”Last October Fimber, a 14-year-old horse with West Yorkshire Police died after he vaulted the fence of his paddock and collided with a wooden post after appearing to be spooked by a drone.Officers later discovered a radio-controlled Walkera Runner 250 drone at the site near Wakefield, after it was spotted by a police helicopter crew. Animals can be easily frightened by drones, which can cause injury to them and others.Allan Buckwell, Country Land and Business Association Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Drones flown too close to fields and woodland run the risk of creating panic among livestock and wildlife and even endangering passing member of the public, landowners have warned.Countryside estate and land owners have now called for tougher rules to deal with drones being flown in the vicinity of fields and animal enclosures.They fear it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured by animals stampeding after being spooked by a drone flying overhead. Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson said at the time: ”We have reviewed CCTV footage which shows Fimber bolting seemingly in reaction to something nearby. This resulted in him being seriously injured and led to his death. We cannot discount that this drone was involved.”There is a possibility that Fimber was reacting to the drone landing nearby or being close to him when he bolted with tragic consequences.”The owner of one Oxfordshire farm has grown increasingly concerned about the use of drones close to her livestock.Lydia Otter, of Pennyhooks organic beef farm, which also has a learning centre for young people with autism, has spotted drones flown from nearby fields landing on her cow sheds and fears the herd could be panicked.She said: “The drone user had not been given permission for the drone to be flown in the area either by Pennyhooks or the neighbouring farm.“We house 70 organic Angus cattle, cows, calves and finishers in and around the cow kennels, with some in adjoining open yards. The potential for panic and injury for the cattle was a serious concern, particularly if the out-of-control drone had landed in the open yard rather than the kennel roof.”Mrs Otter added: “Although this incident took place outside of term time with usually 60 young people with Autism Spectrum Condition working on the farm, there is serious concern about the potential alarm and even injury that could have been caused if this had have happened during term time.”Environmentalists have warned that plans by the online retail giant Amazon to deliver parcels using drones could disturb birds and wildlife along their flightpaths.A study has shown that drones can cause animals significant stress. Although they may appear to ignore strange airborne objects, in fact, their heart rates rocket.The study, by scientists at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, showed that despite the bears’ apparently calm demeanour, their heart rate soared to up to four times the usual rate, a sign of significant stress.The hidden impact occurred even when the drones were in the air for just five minutes.DRONES: The rulesAnyone can fly a drone without a special licence as long as it is not being used for commercial purposes, such as filming, and it weighs less than 20kgs.However, there are regulations drawn up by the Civil Aviation Authority which must be followed when using unmanned aircraft.These state that drones must be kept within the pilot’s line of sight and must not be flown above 400 feet.Furthermore they must be kept away from aircraft, airports, airfields and all No Fly Zones. They should also be kept away from animals and livestock.Drones fitted with cameras must not be flown within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures, or within 150 metres of congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports venues. Spooked by a drone? Fimber the police horse, before his death
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Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) expects that an international consultants’ report on the environmental impact study of the Conga gold copper project will be completed in March 2012, Minister Jorge Merino has said. The project is estimated to cost up to $4.8 billion to build by Newmont Mining and Peru’s Buenaventura. The environmental study was approved in October 2010, but after protests by local communities against the project the government decided to contract international experts to examine the study.This latest study will focus on the project’s impact on the water resources and the solutions proposed by the companies, Merino said. The objective is to check if the study fulfills the environmental requirements and if it could be improved, he added. Governmental backing for the project is strong, and the government has suggested it cannot afford for the project not to go ahead – it would face huge compensation claims. Former President Alan Garcia recently spoke out against Cajamarca’s Governor, Gregorio Santos, saying Santos was trying to overrule President Humala’s authority by declaring the Conga mining project was unfeasible. Highlights of Peru’s current mining projects and the dramatic recent rise of Colombia’s mining industry are featured in an article in the March issue of International Mining.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. should permit more immigrants from “shithole countries” after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation.Trump made the remark in the Oval Office as two lawmakers described details to him of a bipartisan compromise among six senators that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and strengthen border protections.The senators had hoped Trump would back their accord, ending a months-long, bitter dispute over protecting “Dreamers.” But the White House later rejected their proposed agreement, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.During their conversation, Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Senate Democratic leader, was explaining that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be some other way for them to apply. Durbin said people would be allowed to stay in the U.S. who fled here after disasters hit their homes in places including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.Trump specifically questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from Haiti. He also mentioned Africa and asked why more people from “shithole countries” should be allowed into the U.S., the sources said.
Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy believes the club shouldn’t be in their current situation of having to battle for Premier League survival.The Saints are currently seated in 19th position three points from safety and have already sacked Mark Hughes replacing him with Ralph Hassenhuttl.The former RB Leipzig becomes Southampton’s fifth managerial appointment in the space of four years, as they struggle to find some consistency, however, McCarthy believes the club are too big to get relegated.“I would probably be able to enjoy it more if we were higher up the table,” he said, according to the Telegraph.“Southampton is a massive club. We shouldn’t be in the situation that we’re in.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.McCarthy also spoke about his improvement over the last 12 months, as he became a regular in the English National team setup.McCarthy made his first appearance in the Premier League last season during a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last December and has permanently replaced Fraser Forster as the club’s first choice shot-stopper.He has been the mainstay in the goalkeeping department for the Saints in 2018, but the club have won only four Premier League games since the turn of the year.“It has been a very good year,” says the 29-year-old. “I’m happy. Playing week-in, week-out takes care of everything else. I can enjoy my life outside of football.”
Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Toy Fair 2019: Nerf Fortnite, Barbie turns 60 and more See It Toys and tech go hand in hand these days, and the Toy Fair gives us our first glimpses of how the pairing will take shape in the coming year. Last year we got a party game with its own heart-rate monitor. This year, it’s everything from a home lie detector game to Fortnite and Overwatch Nerf guns. There’s even a new Pictionary that adds augmented reality to the classic drawing game.See all of CNET’s toy coverage Here’s everything we saw at Toy Fair 2019 Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S10 event: San Francisco, Feb. 20 Samsung How to watch the Galaxy S10 launch event livestreamGalaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, Galaxy Buds, hole-punch camera, specs, features and priceThe Galaxy S9 Plus is terrific, but wait a month until after the Galaxy S10 arrivesSamsung unveiled a prototype of its forthcoming 5G phone in its booth at CES 2019. It also announced its Unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20 and sent out the invite pictured above. While we don’t know the full details yet, it’s safe to say Samsung is planning to officially debut the Galaxy S10 (or three of them). Mobile World Congress 2019: Barcelona, Feb. 25-28 Nokia’s Nokia 8110 4G was the talk of 2018’s MWC. Andrew Hoyle/CNET If you’ve ever wondered why there are no major mobile announcements at CES every year, it’s because of MWC. However, like CES this year, there is sure to be a lot of discussion about 5G. See all the preview coverage from MWC 2019 in Barcelona Galaxy S9, 5G and more: Everything we learned at MWC 2018 CP+ 2019: Yokohama, Feb. 28 to March 3 CP+ is the most important show for camera and photo imaging for consumers and professionals — at least aside from Photokina, which won’t happen again until May 2020. Cameras including Sony’s A7 III, Fujifilm’s X-H1 and Panasonic’s GX9 were all launched around CP+, for example. If you’ve been waiting for a major camera or lens announcement or you simply love photo gear, you’ll want to look for news just before and during this show. Intl. Home + Housewares Show 2019: Chicago, March 2-5 Chris Monroe/CNET There was no shortage of smart home news to come out of CES. But if you can’t get enough of the latest in kitchen appliances, cooking gadgets, home design and other accessories, this Chicago show in March is one to watch. CNET will be there to bring you the latest in connected coffee makers and Instant Pot rivals. Read the details on this year’s show Geneva Motor Show, March 5-6 The appearance of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva show got us amped for a production Supra, which appeared at the Detroit Auto Show this year ready to end its two-decade hiatus. Can’t wait to see what comes this year. • Comment 88 Photos Apple 60 Photos 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and moreChicago Auto Show 2019: Complete coverage Now playing: Watch this: If you think Microsoft’s developer conference is all about Windows, you haven’t been paying attention. Much of the 2018’s focus was on Microsoft’s work on artificial intelligence (AI) systems, machine learning, edge-computing tools and the company’s moves to integrate with other platforms including iOS, Android and Amazon Alexa. Dates haven’t been announced, but expect it to be in early May. Read all the news to come out of Build 2018, day one Computex 2019: Taipei, May 28-June 1 Computex 2018: The weirdest gadgets at Asia’s biggest tech show $899 Amazon Facebook Fujifilm Google Kia Microsoft Nokia Panasonic Porsche Samsung Sony Toyota Nintendo Apple Here are the biggest iOS 12 features Apple announced at WWDC 2018 For the past couple of years, Amazon has overhauled its Alexa-powered product line in late September. We saw more than a dozen new and refreshed products in 2018. Will that happen again this year? We’ll just have to wait and see. From Echo speakers to a Basics microwave: Amazon’s September 2018 Event Microsoft October Surface event? The Surface Pro 6 was announced at Microsoft’s 2018 October event Sarah Tew/CNET This is the one day of the year when Microsoft’s PC hardware takes a backseat to its software. There’s usually a new product announcement or an update to existing hardware in the summer, like 2018’s Surface Go, but Microsoft often uses an October event to highlight more important devices. Will it do so again in 2019? Time will tell.Here’s everything that was announced at its 2018 Surface event Google Pixel October event? CNET Again, this one isn’t guaranteed, but expected: Google’s annual fall hardware event normally drops in between Apple’s two second-half events. Though leaks and rumors tend take the wind out of the announcements, Google always seems to have some surprises when it comes to its Android, Chrome and Google Assistant devices. Read all the news from Google’s October 2018 Pixel eventPixel 3 review: The best Android phone of 2018 PDN Photo Plus Expo: New York, Oct. 24-26 Photo Plus is the largest photography and imaging show in North America with “20,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators” in attendance. If you’re into cameras, the accessories for them and how to use them better, put it on your calendar. Apple October event? Apple Apple often — but not always — wraps up its event year with announcements of consumer-focused products such as iPads and non-Pro laptops and desktops. In 2018, however, Apple leaned more toward creatives with the all-new MacBook Air, Mac Mini desktop and iPad Pro. The event typically hits at the end of October, giving us plenty of time for leaks and think pieces on where the company needs to go next. Read all of CNET’s Apple event coverageMacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro 2018: Everything Apple announced at its October 2018 event in Brooklyn Samsung Developers Conference (expected) News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you $899 85 Photos Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Roadshow editors choose their… Sprint 42 Photos Gadgets Culture Laptops Mobile Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Read our ultimate gearhead bucket-list car show and event guide for 20192018 Geneva Motor Show: What did we see, what did we love? SXSW 2019: Austin, March 8-17 Elon Musk dropped by SXSW 2018 Chris Saucedo/Getty Saying this conference down in Austin, Texas has become huge feels like a understatement with events dedicated to music, film, comedy, gaming and tech. Read CNET’s coverage of SXSW 2019Star Wars, Elon Musk and cheese: What I learned at SXSW 2018 Apple spring event?You didn’t miss anything: Apple hasn’t made any official announcements for its 2019 events. However, it does typically hold three to four major ones throughout the year with the first falling sometimes — but not always! — in the March-to-April timeframe. Last year’s was all about education and featured the launch of the 2018 9.7-inch iPad. For 2019, Apple may shift to entertainment and announce its long-rumored video streaming service. Read all the latest Apple event news and rumorsNew iPad with optional Pencil: Everything Apple announced at its March 2018 eventNew York Auto Show: April 17-18 Toyota The best part of the 2018 NY Auto Show? Most of the cars that debuted were actually headed to showroom floors including the overhauled 2019 Toyota RAV4 that stole the show. We’re hoping for more of the same in 2019. Read CNET’s coverage of the New York Auto Show2018 New York Auto Show wrap-up: Lots of cars you can actually buy, and soon Facebook F8 2019: April 30 to May 1 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 2018. James Martin/CNET Spring is developer conference season and the social network gets things started. It promises to be filled with “networking opportunities, deep-dive sessions and product demos, all showcasing how technology can enable the best of what people can do together,” wrote Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, in a blog post (full story here). Of course, Facebook still needs to figure out how to deal with the ongoing fake news problem and the heavy-handed tactics that have damaged its reputation in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the 2016 election. Oh, and there’s the next Oculus VR headset, too. Everything Facebook announced on day one of F8 2018 Google I/O 2019: May 7-9 Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. James Martin/CNET The search giant announced the dates for its 2019 developers conference in a suitably Google way by posting a puzzle for developers on Twitter. To jog your memory, at last year’s conference Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Duplex, its uncanny artificial intelligence for Google Assistant users that could make appointments and reservations using a human voice complete with pauses, umms and ahhs. The five best things from Google I/O 2018 Microsoft Build 2019 2:23 With CES 2019, the Detroit Auto Show, the Chicago Auto Show and the Sundance Film Festival all in the rearview mirror, this year’s calendar of tech, automotive and cultural events are already well underway. Just like last year (you remember last year, right? The good and the bad), CNET will be covering news and announcements from every major show and event that happens from now until 2020, when it starts all over again with CES 2020. Toy Fair 2019: New York, Feb. 16-19 $899 32 Photos See All 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Away from the developer conference onslaught in spring, Samsung’s November conference guarantees itself some time in the spotlight for its projects. In 2018, it was our first glimpse of its folding phone, a list of enhancements coming to its Bixby digital assistant and the announcement of One UI, a simplified interface for its mobile devices. See all the news from Samsung Developer Conference 2018 Microsoft Ignite: Orlando, Nov. 4-8 Ignite covers what’s coming next from the software giant for IT professionals and enterprise customers who want to know the “future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork and productivity.” It’s heavy on the workshops and breakout sessions, but quite a bit of news comes out of the conference as well. Pre-register for Ignite 2019 now Los Angeles Auto Show: Nov. 18-21 Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Although it tends to lack a central focus, LA is one of the most important shows of the year. For example, in 2018, there were several big debuts across categories debuts like the Wrangler-based Jeep Gladiator pickup, the next Kia Soul, Mazda3, Porsche 911 and all-new Hyundai Palisade SUV. Read all of our coverage from the LA Auto Show2018 LA Auto Show wrap-up: Audi, Jeep Gladiator, Kia, Porsche and Rivian brought the heatEarlier 2019 events We’re already past these big 2019 milestones. CES 2019 (January) How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Lots of sports cars, lots of hybrids and EVs and a healthy portion of concept cars make up most of what debuts in Frankfort. Unfortunately, there are several that will never be available in the States. Read all the news from the Frankfurt Motor Show Apple September event (expected) Apple’s invite for its 2018 iPhone event. Apple Apple’s September event is the reason you should never buy a new iPhone in August. The culmination of months of iPhone rumors, speculation and leaks lead to the official unveiling of the company’s top product in mid-September. A new Apple Watch is usually along for the ride as well.Keep up with all the latest Apple event newsiPhone 11 rumors: Price, specs, features and everything else we know Amazon September event? Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana can talk to each… Breaking: Samsung reveals its first foldable phone, with “Infinity Flex Display.” #SDC18 pic.twitter.com/OOGkjSBUkE— CNET (@CNET) November 7, 2018 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy See it Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 11 Photos There are comic-cons all year long around the world, but the San Diego show is the largest in North America attracting more than 130,000 attendees. While 2018 was sort of a laid-back show with no huge announcements, SDCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, which could make for a news-packed show. By the way, Comic-Con 2019 attendee badges are sold out. How Marvel and Game of Thrones will make Comic-Con 2019 truly epicRead the latest news for the San Diego Comic-Con Samsung Galaxy Note Unpacked event (rumored) August is a generally a slow month for big tech news with one exception: Samsung’s Galaxy Note announcement. Last year’s Note 9 was a modest update, all things considered, which means the Note 10 could be a complete overhaul. We probably won’t hear any significant rumors about it until we get past the Galaxy S10 announcements, though. 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But… IFA 2019: Berlin, Sept. 6-11 Abt Electronics reading • 2019 tech events calendar: Everything on deck from Apple, Google, Amazon and more CES 2019: Everything we saw, from 8K TVs to amazing fake burgersCES 2019: The four biggest trends, demystifiedCES 2019: Our 10 favorite products of the showCES 2019: Every CNET storySundance 2019 (January-February)At Sundance’s New Frontier, VR and AR go epic, weird and theatricalSundance Film Festival 2019: Complete coverageSuper Bowl 53 (February)Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Xbox, Avengers, Game of Thrones and moreAvengers, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailersCNET’s complete Super Bowl coverageChicago Auto Show (February) Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See It Held in Berlin every September, IFA is Europe’s largest consumer-electronics trade show. Although many of the products announced never reach the US, there’s still a lot that does come to market globally. And it kicks off a never-ending parade of consumer tech announcements for the fall (and holiday shopping season). Read all the latest news from IFABest of IFA 2018: 8K TV, an epic gaming throne, Google’s new wearable OS and more Frankfurt Motor Show, Sept. 10-11 39 Photos Toyota Supra ends a two-decade hiatus at the 2019 Detroit… 48 Photos Like the others, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference has a heavy focus on its software and operating systems — MacOS, iOS, WatchOS, tvOS — as well as its HealthKit, ARKit and HomeKit platforms. But sometimes we also see new iPads or Macs at this event. There’s no announced date yet, but WWDC 2018 was June 4-8. Read our full coverage of WWDCApple’s WWDC 2018 highlights little things adding up, especially in iOS 12HomePod, iOS 11, iMac Pro: All the news from Apple WWDC 2017 E3 2019: Los Angeles, June 11-13 Josh Miller/CNET Three days of games, games, games and the hardware and accessories you use to play them. But with Sony sitting out 2019’s show, it will be interesting to see what Bethesda, Ubisoft and console makers Microsoft and Nintendo have on deck — not to mention offshoots like the PC gaming show. See all E3 coverage on CNETSee all E3 coverage of GameSpotThe best and worst of E3 2018 Amazon Prime Day (expected)You should never pay full price for stormtrooper bookends. Star Wars via Amazon Amazon hasn’t confirmed that its big summer sale is returning for 2019, but we’d be shocked if it doesn’t. The big mid-July sale typically features eye-popping discounts on the site’s own Fire, Echo and Kindle products in addition to anything and everything Alexa-enabled. 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WikipediaMichael Olivas, a UH law professor and the interim president of the University of Houston Downtown, celebrated the Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas.“This is a very good day,” Olivas said. “It shows that there’s moral order restored in this universe.”Olivas said Mexican-Americans, for example, are still vastly underrepresented in the state’s major universities.The 4-3 ruling ends a years-long legal battle between Abigail Fisher, a white woman from Sugar Land, and the University of Texas at Austin.“I hope this is a signal to other disgruntled, white, aggrieved plaintiffs that just because they didn’t get in and because they weren’t admissible, it doesn’t mean that they lost their seat to some less deserving person of color,” Olivas said.The ruling upholds UT’s admissions program, which among other factors, considers the race and ethnicity of applicants.“It’s only a factor of a factor of a factor of who gets into the university,” said Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, a professor at the Houston College of Law.He said UT was able to provide evidence that Texas’ Top 10 Percent law wasn’t enough to ensure diversity in the school’s classrooms. The law mandates public colleges admit the top students from any of the state’s high schools.Rhodes said since UT’s system is so unique, the ruling won’t act as a precedent in future affirmative action cases.“But what it does do (is) show that the Supreme Court is not poised to strike down race-conscious admissions programs as long as those programs are supported by sufficient evidence of their necessity and need,” the professor said.Rhodes added that it sends a message to public colleges to make sure they really study how and if race should be considered as part of their admissions policies.The ruling does not end the debate over how schools achieve a diverse student body.At the University of Houston’s Student Center, education major Bianca Ezumah said diversity is one of the reasons she chose UH. But she didn’t think race should be considered in admissions.“I think you should admit people based off if you think they would excel at your university,” Ezumah said. “Or if you think they deserve the chance.”Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton criticized the ruling. In a statement, he said the opportunities at the University of Texas “should be available to all students based on their merit, not the color of their skin.”State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, chairs the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee. He said the decision confirms that UT’s admissions policy was designed to create diversity without discriminating against any group. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /02:18
With all that done, the finishing touch was a nicely modified and painted case. As you can see from the images, the Game Boy Macro looks great. Thomas decided to start offering them for sale–$130 for a complete unit or $110 if you provide the DS. However, he’s already closed orders due to demand. The DS range of Nintendo handhelds are pretty hard-wearing games-playing devices, but you can find a lot of faulty models available on eBay for a handful of dollars. One of the common faults is the top display no longer working. That makes sense as it’s connected to the rest of the system through the hinged area, which is always prone to wear and breakage.Modder Anthony Thomas realized that faulty DS units were a lot more useful than a case full of parts. With a bit of work, he managed to turn a DS Lite into a giant Game Boy Advance, a new handheld he has named the Game Boy Macro.The Game Boy Macro is basically a DS Lite with the top display removed and the speakers relocated to the back of the lower section of the DS. What you end up with is a unit capable of playing Game Boy games on a large and bright display. Battery life is also going to be great I imagine.The biggest challenge Thomas had to overcome apart from relocating the speakers was tricking the DS Lite hardware into thinking it was still powering the upper display. He solved this by using a 330 OHM resistor attached to the board. He tried many, but 330 ended up being the sweet spot.
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500px shuts down marketplace by Martin Brinkmann on July 02, 2018 in Internet – 2 commentsGrim news for photographers who used the marketplace of the 500px photo community website for direct sales of photos or the publication of photos under a Creative Common license; the company announced the shut down of the marketplace recently.Visual China Group acquired 500px in early 2018 and promised that things would remain as is (as is the case often when services get acquired). Instead of operating a marketplace that it controls directly, 500px will make available member photos through Getty Images (worldwide except China), and Visual China Group (China).500px reveals the motivation behind the move on a marketplace transition FAQ page. The marketplace did not perform as well as the new owners had hoped and the company decided to switch to a distribution-only model instead of investing in the native marketplace.The company closed the 500px marketplace on June 30, 2018 and started to transition 500px images that can be licensed to Getty Images and Visual China Group.500px was a very active Creative Commons community. Jason Scott, who works with the Internet Archive, reported on the change on Twitter estimates that 500px hosts more than 1 million Creative Commons licensed photos and that all of these photos are now lost. He published an update later stating that more than 3 Terabytes of Creative Commons photos that were hosted on 500px were being archived by The Wayback Machine.Users can download different parts of the entire archive already from Archive.org.The FAQ highlights that 500px wants to disable search and download options for Creative Commons images on the site, and that users won’t be able anymore to upload images under a Creative Commons license. Migration or export options won’t be provided and it is unclear at this point in time whether photos remain available in user galleries and other places on the site.The only licensing option that 500px offers for users who want to distribute photos free of charge is the 500px License but that distributes through Getty Images or Visual China Group exclusively.500px alternativesHere are some alternatives for 500px users who want to distribute their photos through a Creative Commons license:Flickr — acquired recently by SmugMug, Flickr supports Creative Common licenses. While not as active anymore as it was years ago, it is still a popular destination for photographers.Pexels — A photo communicate aimed specifically at providing stock photos released under a Creative Commons license.Plixls — Similar to Pexels in that all uploaded photos are licensed under a Creative Commons license.SmugMug — a paid service. You can license photos that you upload to the service with a Creative Commons license.Now You: Are you affected by the shutdown?SummaryArticle Name500px shuts down marketplaceDescriptionThe company that operates the photo community website 500px announced recently that it would shut down the marketplace on July 1, 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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Celestyal slashes summer cruise fares to Havana by 50% Tags: Celestyal Cruises Friday, June 9, 2017 Travelweek Group TORONTO — Celestyal Cruises is turning up the heat this summer season with a new all-inclusive seven-day cruise promotion to Cuba.The offer features 50% off the cruise-only fare on all summer sailings until and including Aug. 21, 2017. Furthermore, kids younger than 12 sail for free.With promos and savings applied, rates start at US$1,171 per adult (embarking in Havana), based on double occupancy and includes:Seven-day Cuba Cruise featuring two days in Havana, one day in Cienfuegos, one day in Santiago de Cuba, and one day in Montego Bay, JamaicaIntimate 960 passenger capacity with yacht-like experienceInteractive shore excursion program in all portsAll meals onboardUnlimited beverage package, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beveragesOnboard entertainmentGratuities and port chargesRemaining applicable 2017 sailing dates include: Montego Bay-Montego Bay (June 16, 23 & 30; July 7, 14, 21 & 28; Aug. 4 & 11); and Havana-Havana (June 12, 19 & 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31; Aug. 7, 14 & 21).More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe 50% off cruise fare offer is valid on new bookings made by July 31 for select sailings through August 2017. Reservations are based on a first-come, first-serve basis.Celestyal Cruises is celebrating its fourth year of cruise operation in Cuba, with cruises embarking every Monday from Havana and every Friday from Montego Bay, Jamaica. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Go back to the e-newsletterScenic has launched a mini brochure on its Nth degree, to help guests understand all the ways that it goes above and beyond on every cruise and tour.All-Inclusive Wonders – The Nth Degree includes information on Scenic’s team of Journey Designers and how they handcraft their itineraries to deliver an extra special experience plus all the extras that guests can enjoy as part of their cruise or tour – from the local guides that share the hidden gems of their country and the modified ‘pop top’ Land Cruisers in East Africa to allow easier wildlife spotting to Scenic’s exclusive partnership with the full range of Fairmont Resorts and Hotels in North America. It aims to showcase what makes Scenic different, and what you can expect from the award-winning travel company.Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing commented: “Going to the Nth degree is one of our core values, it is what drives us each and every day to go above and beyond for our guests. This brochure articulates the importance of this value at Scenic. It is what makes us different.”Agents can order their copies of All-Inclusive Wonders – The Nth Degree from TIFS. It is also available online.Go back to the e-newsletter
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